Swim Teacher


If you have a passion or interest in Swimming, this apprenticeship will get you started in swim teaching. Subjects covered on the apprenticeship include preparing, teaching and evaluating Swimming lessons, working in a team, customer care, plus you will learn all you need to know about GLL impressive Aquatics Programmes.




Swim Teacher


12 – 15 months


If you have a passion or interest in Swimming, this apprenticeship will get you started in teaching and learning all about GLL Aquatics Programme. Subjects covered on the apprenticeship include preparing, teaching and evaluating swim lessons, working in a team and customer care.


You will need to be able to swim otherwise there are no requirements for a Swimming Apprenticeship although an interest in sport/swimming and some knowledge of coaching, teaching or leading sessions would be beneficial.


The apprenticeship is made up of the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Activity Leadership
  • Level 2 Certificate in Leading Health Related Activity Sessions
  • Swim Teaching Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications
  • Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure & Learning
  • Functional Skills in English & Maths Level 1/2*

*Subject to individuals’ prior qualifications in English and Maths

Some key subject units covered are:

  • How to support the work of the team in the organisation
  • Preparing for/lead/conclude and review activity sessions
  • Swim Teaching
  • GLL Aquatics Programme
  • How to give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation


You will be allocated a GLL College Skills Developer who will meet with you every four to six weeks at your place of work to assist you in completing your assessments and tasks to achieve your qualifications. Between meetings they will be available to contact via email, call or text with any questions or help needed.

There may also be a need to attend some aspects of training away from your place of work dependant on circumstance and all information will be provided in advance.

Further support is also available via an e-Portfolio and online learning portal which all apprentices will be introduced to and shown how to use.


This apprenticeship offers individuals the opportunity to become a fully-qualified Swim Teacher and to gain permanent employment in this role. Opportunities are available to progress within the GLL Aquatics Department or into service manager roles.


It usually takes 12 – 15 months to complete your apprenticeship, but timescales can be adapted to meet individual needs.


The majority of the apprenticeship training will take place at your place of work during your working hours, with a Skills Developer coming to meet you.

Some aspects will be delivered outside of your place of work/off the job, which will be planned and agreed in advance with all details being provided to you.